Pastor Ronald D. Walker, Jr., Word of Faith International Christian Center
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This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
Day 11- Reading: Matthew 9:14-34
Good morning, Family today’s reading is taking from Matthew 9:14-34. Read this passage in the King James Version (KJV) and read other translations like The Living Bible (TLB), The Message Translation (MSG) to help you to get a clear picture of what the passage is saying. Some good bible App are YouVersion Bible, Biblegateway, and Blue Letter Bible. As you are reading today think about these questions:1) What does this passage reveal or teach me about God?2) Is there a promise to claim, a command to obey or an example to follow?3) How do I apply this passage to my life? I can not wait to read the comments today. Let’s do this together. This is our year of Winning and Victory!!
Day 12- Reading: Matthew 9:35-10:23
Good morning, Family Our journey through the Word today leads us to Matthew 9:35-10:23. In our reading today, Jesus delegates his authority to twelve (12) disciples (Peter, Andrew, James the son of Zebedee, and John, Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus;Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot). What did Jesus give them authority to do? Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely they had received and freely they were to give! Jesus is not only speaking to the disciples he is speaking to us today!! This is powerful!!Share your thoughts on todays reading. I can’t wait to hear what you received. Have a blessed day!!
Day 13- Reading: Matthew 10:14-11:6
Good morning, Family Our journey in the word continues today with our reading taken from Matthew 10:14-11:6. The story continues from yesterday. Jesus is preparing the disciples (apostles), warning them about the potential hardships they will experience as a part of being his followers. He was sending them out into a hostile world and there would be a strong temptation to turn their backs on Christ, to give up. Jesus has made them aware of the tactics of their enemies. He also made them aware of the God who protects them. What does todays passage teach you about God? How can you apply this to your life? Enjoy the reading today!
Day 14- Reading: Matthew 11:7-30
Good morning, Family Today’s journey through the word takes us to Matthew 11:7-30. But I want to back track a little before we move forward. In Matthew’s 11:1-6 You have a dialogue between Jesus and John the Baptist disciples. John is in prison. He has been in prison since Matthew 4:12. He sends his followers to ask Jesus if He is indeed the prophesied Messiah. This took me by surprise. Why would John ask such a questions when in Matthew 3:17 he seemed to acknowledge Jesus’s identity and even heard the voice from Heaven? Jesus responds to their question in Matthew 11:4-6 by saying, “Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me. What happened to John the Baptist? Did his circumstance change his heart? Can how you view your circumstances or the words of Jesus cause you to become offended at God? The word offense appears in the Bible 60 times and the word offended appears 46 times. I am dropping the mic right here, to begin the discussion. You can comment on any portion of the scripture. I just did not want to pass this passage up. Dig deep into the Word today! Have a blessed day.
Day 14- Reading: Matthew 11:7-30 – Part 2
Good Family, Thank you so much for joining us on this journey. This is one of two post I will be making today. I wanted to try and cover the some of the information from yesterday’s reading along with today’s. Yesterday’s reading covered Matthew 11:7-30. I want to share the following to help bring some clarity. In reading the Bible you must be able to distinguish who is talk and who the audience is that will help in understanding the passages. Here are some notes: In Matthew 11:7-8Jesus turns his attention to the audience that overheard his conversation with John’s disciples. He share with them that John wasn’t a fickle man who shifted to appease the ever changing pressures of culture. (This is a good example we should all follow. Don’t be a people pleaser). He was God’s man, carrying a timeless message. In Matthew 11:9-10John was more than a prophet among many, he filled a role that had been prophesied about. John was sent to announce the coming of the Messiah and “prepare” the way. In Matthew 11: 13-14All of the cherished prophets of the old testament pointed to the time in which they were currently living (1 st Century). Their words pointed to John and the Christ who followed Him. Jesus calls the people to accept that Malachi had foretold the coming of “Elijah” and that John was that “Elijah” (Mal 4:5).In Matthew 11:15-19Jesus addresses “this generation,” specifically targeting those Jews who rejected John and Himself. He says that they would not be satisfied or accepting of the message from Heaven no matter who brought it or what the messenger looked like. In Matthew 11:20-24Jesus denounces these cities: Chorazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum these towns had the unique privilege of witnessing more of Jesus’ miracles and hearing more of Jesus words than any others in the area. If anyone had seen sufficient evidence, it was them. Yet they rejected Him. In Matthew 11:25-26After His condemnation of the cities, Jesus makes the statement found in verse 25. It is directed at God rather than at a surrounding audience. The simplicity and humility of the gospel message is hidden in plain sight from those who believe themselves to be too wise to accept it.· The Scribes, Sadducees, and Pharisees, all believed themselves too sophisticated for the simple preaching of the Jew from Nazareth.· They expected a Savior with a little more flourish, a little more formal training, a little more like them.· When they didn’t get it, they told John he was just a crazy man with a demon and Jesus He was a drunkard who didn’t know anything about the Jewish God. In Matthew 11:27-30The work of making the Father know to the world was given to Christ. His deeds manifested the wisdom of the Father and those who came to Him like little children could learn from Him. One of the things they would learn was that Christ and the Father were kind Masters. They were not like the taskmaster Jewish elite who gave their fellow Jews burdens too heavy to bear. Unlike these, Jesus was preparing Himself to bear the heaviest burden so we could be relieved of the weight of our sin. Blessings post number two coming. Take another opportunity and reread yesterday’s post. Hopefully this will help. Blessings
Day 15- Reading: Matthew 12:1-21
Good afternoon, Family, Our journey continues today with Matthew 12:1-21. This is good stuff. Jesus had his hands full with the Pharisees. Can you image someone stalking you and how closely the Pharisees must have watched Jesus as they stalked Him every Sabbath just waiting for Him to give them some ammunition. The Pharisees observed the Sabbath but not in devotion to God. They observed the Sabbath so they could look down their noses at other people who didn’t do it as well. Jesus had two teachable moments with the Pharisees about the Sabbath. When the Pharisees accused Jesus’ disciples of doing “work,” which they were forbidden to do on Sabbath and when Jesus heals the man with the withered hand on the Sabbath. The Pharisees took God’s Sabbath law and created more stringent traditions about what could and couldn’t be done. In this text their accusation is only based off of their personal traditions about how to keep Sabbath. Jesus was able to use it as a teachable moment to reveal their deep misunderstanding of God’s Law. Jesus’ claim in Matthew 12:8 –“ For the Son of Man is LORD of the Sabbath” is bold and should not be understated. Jesus claims deity in front of the Pharisees. He had authority to speak on the interpretation of Sabbath law because He was the Lord of the Sabbath. Only God could claim authority over the laws of God.
Day 16- Reading: Matthew 12:22-42
Good morning, Family our journey in the word today takes us to Matthew 12:22-42. In this passage we see the following: The prophecy mentioned in Matthew 12:15-21, is found in Isaiah 42:1-4. The prophecy speaks of a gentle, quiet, and even subtle arrival of the LORD’s “Servant.” Remember Jesus was born in secret in a manger. Born to a family with no social prominence. Grew up and only had public ministry for 3 years. He didn’t overthrow any world government or have any political authority.In verse 21, Jesus prophesied HOPE to the gentiles. Jesus was the Savior, not just of the Jews, but also the Gentiles.In verse 12:22-32 – Next, we have a man who comes to Jesus with a demon which made him blind (couldn’t see) and mute (couldn’t speak). Jesus casts out the demon and the man is healed. Those who surrounded Jesus were amazed at His power and some are beginning to realize that Jesus is the prophesied Messiah.In verses 33 -37 – Jesus exposes the Pharisees by their own words. Jesus teaches us to watch our words more closely than the Pharisees. Our words reveal who we are in our hearts. What are you saying?In verses 38-42 – The scribes and Pharisees came to Jesus asking Him to perform a miracle.They ask for a sign but their real intention was to use the sign to catch Jesus in some kind of error. Christ would not give them a sign except that of Jonah.
Day 17 – Reading: Matthew 12:43-13:17
Good afternoon, Family, Today’s journey in the word takes us to Matthew 12:43-13:17:In our reading the very first sentence tells that you are dealing with a demonic spirit who has been cast out of someone. An unclean spirit is a demonic spirit. The fact that it is going out of the man means the demon was on the inside of the man. The next sentence says that the demon then wants to return to the “house” from which he came out of earlier. The house he is referring to was the person’s body that he was cast out of earlier. After a demon is cast out, this verse tells us that the same demon will then periodically return to see if the person has slipped up in any way in order to give him the legal right to be able to enter back into him again. God wants that empty space to be filled up with His knowledge, presence, and grace – and the only way that can happen is if you start growing and maturing in the Lord. Now the last part of this verse says that if the original demon manages to get back in and brings back with him more demons who are going to be even more evil and wicked than he was.The events in chapter 12 and 13 take place on the same day, the Sabbath day. Jesus is surrounded by such a large crowd that He decides to push a boat out into the sea and teach the people from there.Jesus’ first parable is about a sower. A parable is an illustration/story that teaches some kind of spiritual truth. Jesus concludes the parable with a phrase He used before to encourage His listeners to consider His words, “He who has ears, let Him hear.” When Jesus finishes this first parable, His disciples are curious as to why He is teaching in parable instead of speaking to the people plainly. This is why Jesus spoke in parables, because parables communicated the necessary truths to the hearts of good soil but concealed them from those who were not willing to be taught.
Day 18- Reading: Matthew 13:18-43
Good morning, Family in our journey through the Word today reading Matthew 13:18-43. Jesus begins to explain the parable of the sower. Remember A parable is an illustration/story that teaches some kind of spiritual truth. Jesus states there are four (4) types of ground and each represents a type of hearer:
- Seed falling on the path
- Seed falling on the hard unplowed path cannot grow and is quickly found by birds and eaten.
- This represents when the gospel is preached to harden hearts that do not “understand it.”
- Seed falling on rocky ground
- The seed that fell on the rocky ground sprouted quickly and began to grow.
- However, it quickly died because it’s roots couldn’t grow past the rocks to reach nutrients and stability.
- This illustrates those who heard Jesus’ message and gladly accepted, but upon the first sign of resistance and persecution, abandoned it because they had no foundation and stability.
- Seed falling among thorns
- The seed that fell on the thorny ground sprouted quickly and began to grow.
- However, the new growth is quickly chocked out by thorns.
- This illustrates those who gladly accept the gospel but are quickly distracted by the entangling temptations of the world.
- Seed falling on good ground
- The seed on good ground sinks down into the soil and produces an abundant harvest.
- This soil represents a heart that is ready and willing to accept the gospel message.
Vs. 24-30Jesus puts another parable before His audience, and just like the last, He will provide an explanation a bit further down in the chapter. This farmer sows good seed on his field but an enemy visits the field in the night and sows weeds. When the plants in the field sprouted, the weeds began to appear along side the wheat. One of the farmers servants asked if the master wanted him to go out in the field and pull the weeds. The master responded, “No, because if you pull up the weeds you will also tear up the roots of the good crop.” The servant was told to let the weeds and wheat grow together until the harvest. At harvest, the workers would separate the good plants from the bad. The wheat would be put in the barn and the weeds would be burned.Vs. 31-32The third parable. The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed. The mustard seed is very small and yet grows into a large living tree which provides shelter and a home to those who enter it. Jesus is making a connection between the small beginnings taking place under his ministry and the kingdom in its future glory. Thous the initial appearance of the kingdom may seem inconsequential, the tiny seed lead to the mature plant.Vs. 33-43A fourth parable. The parable of the leaven is meant to illustrate how something small can have a huge impact. Leaven is a small ingredient but it has a big impact on the bakers work. The explanation of this parable is similar to the parable of the mustard seed. The yeast however doesn’t grow it permeate and its inevitable effect despite the small quantity used.Vs. 34-43Jesus then leaves the crowds and enters a house. After entering, His disciples asked Him to explain the parable of the weeds and the wheat. As the wheat and weeds grew in the same field for a time, so the children of the Kingdom will be interspersed with the wicked for a time here on earth. However, the harvest (end of time) is coming, and when it does, Christians and wicked people will be forever separated. The angels will take the wicked people and they will be punished forever. The sons of the Kingdom will “shine like the sun in the Kingdom of their Father.”